Under the proposed expansion, a second wild-card team would be added in each league. The wild-card teams in each league would meet in a one-game playoff to determine which team advances to meet the division winner with the best record.
“You don’t want to be in that one-game playoff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday in Tampa. “Your motivation is to win the division.
“I like [the proposed format]. It gives more of an advantage to the division winners, which I think they deserve.’’
Across Florida in Port St. Lucie, David Wright said he wished the imminent change had come about sooner.
“It would have been nice five years ago, but I think it will be good for the game,” said the Mets third baseman, alluding to his team’s historic 2007 fade in which it went from seven games ahead in the NL East with 17 games to play only to miss the playoffs completely.
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